December 1, 2011

Q&A Thursday with Renee Sherkness


Today's Interview is with Author Renee Sherkness!

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Why did you start writing and when did you decide to go professional?

I’ve always enjoyed writing since I was small: poems, letters, stories, but never thought to pursue it as a career.. Too impractical.. Instead I studied Biology and later Education and became an educator and later yoga instructor.  It was only after I remarried10 years ago and relocated to the country when I grew into my truer self so to speak and felt inspired enough to begin writing children stories professionally. Having found the right editor: Donna Ericson and great layout designer: Heather Paye my books come to fruition.

Our world today seems to be facing enormous challenges to keep our environment and “us” healthy.  Knowing my grandchildren will be the ones maneuvering through more of these challenges in the future it seemed the right time to “plant the seeds” and nurture healthy awareness in our young to help create a healthier world and a healthier us. Through my story books from my Nurturing Nature Collection: connecting “with care” to our world, I feel I have accomplished this.

My first book is: Stories That Come Alive Through Yoga. A fun, entertaining, instructional book where children and adults experience yoga with stories.   
My book out in the fall of 2011 is: The Day Mother Nature Decided To Paint Her House. A whimsical story of Mother Nature and the creation of autumn.
Coming in the spring 2012: Winston The Whale And The Blanket Of Darkness
It tells the tale of Winston, a humpback whale and the perils he must face because of the pollution contaminating his home.

All stories are from the Nurturing Nature Collection: connecting “with care” to our world. These books are a collection of fun, educational and entertaining stories that teach ways to create a healthier “us” and a healthier” world”.

All stories include a summary filled with educational information on the stories topic as well as a glossary and educational resources and web sites to educate and help our environment.

Do you read other author’s books when you’re writing? If so, do you read the same genre or something different?

I read constantly and surprisingly or not am a fan of mysteries and suspense... Give me a James Patterson book any day!!


What is the most difficult part of the entire writing process for you? Queries, pitches, editing..etc.

I have found the most difficult part on this writing journey has been the marketing of my books. I seem to be faced with, as many other unknown writers, the daunting task of getting my books out there and spreading the word of my books to as many people as I can and do so while trying to stay true to myself and my books.


AUTHOR’S BIO
Renee Sherkness attended Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science where she majored in Biology.  She earned her degree, Summa Cum Laude and her Academic Excellence Award for achievement in Early Childhood Education from Montgomery County Community College.

Renee went on to work in various schools with children as a teacher and administrator for over 18 years. She later became certified as a Yoga instructor for children.

Her passion for teaching, her deep love of nature and her respect for the environment are interests that are combined in her children’s stories. While her stories are educational and informative, they are written in a kid friendly manner meant to entertain children as well as awaken a child’s interest in nature and an awareness of the connection we all share with our environment.

Renee, wife, mother and now Grandmother, lives in Royersford, Pennsylvania with her husband, Joe and two dogs, Kiki and Maggie. Here she continues to enjoy writing children’s stories and continues to teach Yoga to children. 

Social media & Web links
Website for complete "Nurturing Nature" Collection and programs to extend your reading experience: http://reneesherkness.web.com/

Visit Home Education Magazine(HEM) and everythingmom.com for information on Nurturing Nature Collection of books
                                                                      
See Stories That Come Alive Through Yoga reviews at:www.yogawithjohn.com and
David Romanelli on www.LivinTheMoment.com

Purchase books in print and e book on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Borders.com, and apple I pad. Visit web site for more information: http://reneesherkness.webs.com/

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